Like your Cyborg Pianist tour in 2016, Piano Ex Machinaexplores interactions between technology and pianist. What is it about these interactions that fascinate you?
I’ve spent most of my career exploring new approaches to the piano. New technologies offer a huge range of options for doing this, and we’re at a stage where sophisticated technologies that were once only accessible to those in specialist institutes are now widely available, from AI to motion sensors to film editing to live 3D animation. The music also reflects what’s happening in our culture, with technology being integrated into our lives at every level, and the boundaries between different types of culture and art forms breaking down. So this has been my focus for the last six years, and has led to performances all around Europe.
Zubin Kanga. Photo © Raphael Neal
You recently spent some time at the University of Nice and at IRCAM, what were you researching there?
That project focused on Music and Gesture, with my own projects looking at gesture and new technologies. Some of these involved motion capture but many were about combining theatre, music and film many ways,...